Over the years I have been a huge Google fan. I and many others have benefitted from their approach to empower the user and in offering many first class tools for free.
I've got Google Apps for three of my domains. Spending billions of dollars serving all these videos via YouTube is pretty cool too. Of course they've had to find a way to monetize all this--principally via advertising-- and that's cool.
Just like Microsoft
Back in the 80's and early 90's Microsoft also created a lot of good products and brought about the standardization of the PC which many of us benefited from. Bill Gates and friends were merciless in dealing with their competitors but their users gained a lot from their ways, to a point.
At some point in the 90's, I forgot exactly when, I noticed that they had decided to direct their cut-throat ways at their own customers and I thought that was not cool. It took me a few too many years to finally switch to the Mac about 6 or 7 years ago.
For many years Aaron Wall has pointed out Google's inconsistencies and hypocrisy via his blog. I used to agree with him to a point but alway fell the benefits of using their products outweighed the downsides. I now feel that they have crossed the line and are now giving it to their users more and more aggressively. A lot of this in trying to force feed Google+ down their unwilling users' throats.
Fixing Up YouTube Comments
If anything, the current states of YouTube comments demonstrates the failure of aboslute freedom of speech. So YouTube announces that they are going to find and apply solutions in order to improve the quality of the comments on the YouTube platform.
Fast forward a couple weeks and what did they do? They've added millions and millions of spammy Google+ links as comments!!! How is this adding value to YouTube users?